Athentia Next

(levonorgestrel)

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Prevents pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex.

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Our bottom line

Athentia Next (levonorgestrel) is effective at preventing pregnancy up to 72 hours after unprotected sex, but it will not stop a pregnancy that is already happening.

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Quick facts about Athentia Next
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levonorgestrel)

Upsides

  • Only need to take 1 pill for this to work.
  • It's available over the counter and generic, so costs are lower.
  • No age restriction and shouldn't be held behind the pharmacy counter, so it's easy and discreet to purchase.
  • Side effects pass quickly for most.
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Downsides

  • Does not work if it's been longer than 72 hours since unprotected sex.
  • Can cause breakthrough bleeding or an irregular period.
  • This can't be used to stop an unwanted pregnancy once it's started.
  • A barrier method must be used for 7 days after if continuing or starting oral contraceptives.
  • Doesn't protect against HIV or other sexually transmitted infections.
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How it works

Athentia Next (levonorgestrel) contains levonorgestrel, a progestin. It works to prevent pregnancy by stopping ovulation, by making it difficult for sperm to enter the uterus, and by preventing a fertilized egg from implanting.

Quick facts about Athentia Next
  • Drug class: Women's health
  • Rx status: Over-the-counter
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (levonorgestrel)

Used for

  • Emergency contraception

Dosage forms

  • Pill
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What to expect when you take Athentia Next (levonorgestrel) for Emergency contraception

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  • Possible side effects
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Headache
  • Dizziness
  • Breast pain
  • Menstrual changes
  • Abdominal pain
  • Tiredness
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Side effect rates for Athentia Next (levonorgestrel)

From 977 clinical trials of Athentia Next when taken for emergency contraception (1.5 mg)
  • Nausea
    23%23%
  • Stomach pain
    18%18%
  • Fatigue
    17%17%
  • Headache
    17%17%
  • Heavier menstrual bleeding
    14%14%
  • Lighter menstrual bleeding
    13%13%
  • Dizziness
    11%11%
  • Sore breasts
    11%11%
  • Vomiting
    6%6%
  • Diarrhea
    5%5%
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Where we got our data »

The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of Athentia Next.

Athentia Next (levonorgestrel)
Placebo

People taking Athentia Next felt side effect more

People taking Athentia Next felt side effect less

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Risks and Warnings for Athentia Next (levonorgestrel)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Sex without barrier protection

    Oral contraceptives, including emergency contraception, don't protect against sexually transmitted infections (STIs), like HIV. Barrier methods, such as condoms, must be used to help protect you. Please tell your doctor if you have had barrier-free sex and are worried about whether you might have gotten an STI.